Safety Diploma Course

Cold Stress, Illness & Injury Safety Training


The goal of this online course is to help you understand the risks of working in extreme cold situations. We will review how the body regulates temperatures, define cold stress, identify cold stress-related injuries and illnesses, describe first aid measures to treat cold stress-related injuries and illnesses, and review best practices to prevent these hazards.

Governing regulations

OSHA does not have a specific standard for working in cold environments. However, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act states that employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. This includes cold temperature-related hazards.

Course Overview

This online training course presents an overview of cold stress, including how the body reacts to cold temperatures and what types of illnesses or injuries may occur, as well as safety measures that employers and employees can take to help prevent cold stress on the job

Who Must Take this Course?

Anyone who works in a cold environment, whether outdoors or indoors, may be at risk for cold stress. Just like with heat stress, extreme temperatures are hard on the body, and these risks can be increased depending on the type of work being done, the duration of the work, and external factors. If the body cannot maintain a normal temperature, cold stress-related illnesses can occur and may even result in permanent tissue damage or death.

Course Format

Our OSHA Cold Stress, Illness & Injury Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam
Upon successful completion each student will receive Hard copy of completion certificate and can print a wallet card

Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) for completing this course.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Cold Stress Safety
    • Key Terms
    • Cold Weather Injury Statistics
    • Indoor Cold Work
    • How the Body Maintains Internal Temperature
    • How the Body Reacts to Cold Conditions
  • Cold Stress
    • Contributing Factors
    • Wind Chill
    • High-Risk Jobs
    • Cold Stress Effects on Work Performance
    • Additional Risk Factors
    • Applicable Regulations
    • Employer Responsibilities
    • Employee Responsibilities
  • Cold Stress Illnesses and Injuries
    • Hypothermia
    • Stages of Hypothermia
    • Mild Hypothermia
    • Moderate Hypothermia
    • Severe Hypothermia
    • Hypothermia First Aid Treatment
    • Medical Treatment
    • Frostbite
    • Frostnip
    • Mild Frostbite
    • Severe Frostbite
    • Frostbite First Aid
    • Trench Foot (Immersion Foot)
    • Trench Foot First Aid
    • Chilblains
    • Chilblains First Aid
    • Slips, Trips, and Falls
    • Snow Removal Injuries
  • Preventive Measures
    • Planning
    • Engineering Controls
    • Work Practice Controls
    • Work Shifts
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Cold Temperature Clothing for the Body and Head
    • Wet Clothing
    • Cold Temperature Clothing for the Hands and Feet
    • Cold Temperature Eye Protection
    • Emergency Response
    • Emergency Kit
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam